Education: Surging into the '60s

In the next decade, the number of Americans aged 18 to 21 will rise 57%, and almost half of them will go to college. Expanding technology will also make higher education a socioeconomic necessity. (The term "college" may be so redefined that by 1990 every student with an I.Q. above 100 will complete a two-year course with the college label.) The prediction: by 1970 college enrollment will nearly double to 6.400,000 and it may go as high as 9,000,000.

Last summer 13 experts grappled with this prospect in a two-week symposium at Amherst College's Merrill Center for Economics in Southampton, N.Y. This...

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